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  1. The Boquete Library Foundation invites you to our first musical concert after so many months. On this occasion, The Consort Musik Group will perform a great repertoire of classical music, which you should not missed. We will have a trio of professional musicians, with bass, cello and violin. Sunday, November 14th at 4:00 pm (Donation B/$/.20.00) Tickets are available at the library reception and at Mail Boxes Etc. Note: Safety regulations established by the MINSA will be in place. www.consort-musik.com
  2. BINGO has moved to Casa Vieja Restaurant Today, Tue 26th Doors Open at 4, First Ball Drops at 5 Join Us For Loads of Fun At Our New Friendly Location https://g.page/restaurante-casa-vieja-boquete?share
  3. Reservations Required. Click here or go to http://eventsboquete.org/community-chats to register.
  4. Table of Contents Letter From Your President Letter From the Editor The “Rhythms of Life” Selection Volunteer Spotlight – Dave & Erin Ross Being Prepared Workshop Upcoming Events General Meeting Agenda November 10th Volunteer Appreciation Lunch December 1st Elections & Proposed Slate of Officers January 13th October Events Recap Blood Drive October 9th Radio show with Dr. Shannon October 9th General Meeting October 13th Vaccinations Chris's Corner Tree of Life BHH Policies & Mission Statement Attention BHH Volunteers We are in desperate need for volunteers for the Equipment Team. You will be trained in the use of the equipment, check out and check in procedures (It's easy). You need to be able to lift 30lbs You don’t have to respond to every dispatch, only when it works with your schedule. If interested, Please call or email John Ferguson at 6613-9391 (WhatsApp) or email johnstpete@gmail.com Presidents Letter Help Needed: We have 75% of the slate of officers for next year filled: Vice President – Stacey Stich Treasurer – Laurie Collier Secretary – John Ferguson But…We still need a President. The President is the public face of Boquete Health and Hospice, and as such, presides over the Council Meetings, General Meetings and helps in any public relations events as needed. He or she is responsible for creating agendas, working on any new policies that may be needed and acting as a conduit between the Council and the organization along with contributing to the newsletter and maintaining the teams. BUT this job is not done alone. Whenever a request for help has gone out, there has always been someone there to help. If you think you may be interested in filling this position, please contact Lesley Hughes (lesleyahughes@gmail.com) to discuss further. Email Lesley Reflections From Your New Newsletter Editor In covering Boquete Health and Hospice (BHH) news, I had the honor of attending your October 2021 Zoom Council Meeting – incredible! Having been a part of many volunteer organizations over the years, the BHH organization, with the various events, opportunities, structure and just total professionalism is so very impressive. Your president Lesley Hughes had an extensive meeting agenda, ran the meeting efficiently and covered an immense volume of material in just under an hour. The services BHH covers – ranging from blood drives, to equipment lending, handling domestic violence calls, information workshops – what a fantastic community resource both for Panamanians and expats. Reports from various Council members also showed that BHH works well with other community organizations; Hospital Regional (blood drive), the Handicap Foundation (equipment), the mayor’s office, etc. There is even a committee to write thank you notes to donors – and what an important and often overlooked item! I am proud to be part of BHH, and look forward to working with all of you. Please do not hesitate to let me know of any feedback you have on the newsletter, and anything you would like to see us add. Thank you. Linda Jaekel Avery, Boquete Health & Hospice Newsletter linda@boquetehealth.org The Rhythms of Life: Releasing the Mind The Wellness Benefits of Mantra Did you know that singing a mantra to yourself has many benefits, even if you are not singing out loud? It can help to keep you rooted and mindful in the present moment, especially when one is out and about, away from one's usual sources of music. The Beatles' George Harrison stated that in his life he experienced "nothing higher" than the happiness he and John Lennon experienced from singing mantra. That's a compelling statement about the power of mantra from two men who were at the pinnacle of the music world with unparalleled success, fame, and fortune! And it certainly is intriguing that singing mantras made them happier than singing to thousands of adoring, screaming fans! This month the "Magic of Music" Team explores the world of mantra which can have positive effects on anxiety, stress, depression, burnout, anger and psychological distress, not to mention opening the doors to expanded states of consciousness! Also be sure to check out the wide variety of mantra playlists, from traditional to reggae and modern rock, from The Beatles to Gregorian Chant, to an album of mantras released last year by the Dalai Lama! You will also find two original recordings from your own "Magic of Music" Team! Full Article Those who volunteer with BHH are truly amazing. If you remember last December’s newsletter, the list went on and on. Or look at the roots and trunk of our Tree of Life. Dave and Erin Ross Core members of the Boquete expat community, have been active in BHH from its very onset in 2007. (Initially BHH started with a group of people bringing together their skills, who took turns presenting an area of their expertise to the group. Dave’s first talk was on end-of-life transitioning.) Erin joined the group and, as with all her various community projects, she gave BHH her enthusiasm, talent and energy. When Erin became the head of the newly created Ambassador Team, she was the perfect leader. As Ambassadors, Dave and Erin assemble and deliver Friendship Baskets that are given to people in need of a boost. The gift they select is always lovely, personal and perfect for the recipient - but their visits are the capstone in helping to raise the spirits of those in difficulty. They are selfless, compassionate, and have made significant contributions to the growth and development of BHH. Although Dave and Erin are planning to cut back on their activities and are stepping down from their roles with BHH, they will continue to create and deliver the friendship baskets. Their wonderful contribution over the years to the well-being of the people of Boquete is much appreciated! Thank you Dave and Erin!! Volunteer Now Sign Up for Being Prepared Upcoming Events Upcoming Events Nov 3rd Zoom Council Meeting – 10:00 a.m. Nov 10th General Meeting – 1:00 p.m. (In-Person only) Dec 1st Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - Tap Out at 1:00 p.m. Dec 28th FINAL DAY FOR NOMINATIONS for officers Jan 5th Planning Meeting Jan 12th ANNUAL MEETING AND ELECTIONS of officers November 10th General Meeting It is IN-PERSON only. Dr. Rod Gottula will give a half hour talk. Team Breakouts so the teams can develop their 2022 plans, and provide the council with their projected needs and planned activities. Volunteer Appreciation Lunch - final chance to sign up. Talk: Dr. Roderic Gottula Presenting “Blood Sugar – Highs and Lows” Hyperglycemia, and to a lesser extent hypoglycemia, are conditions that significantly affect mankind, especially with the significant increase in obesity. We will discuss both these conditions and provide information on methods to improve control of both. How can you help? What is YOUR passion? Be sure to come to the general meeting and join in. Teams are: Patient and Family Care Equipment Education Blood Drive Public Relations Meal Preparation & Delivery Ambassadors December 1st Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
 On December 1, 2021 BHH will celebrate our wonderful volunteers. The location is Tap Out Restaurant, the time is 1:00 p.m. Seating is limited to 50 people. Please see the link below to make your reservations and select your meal. Special drinks will be available for purchase. There is no charge for volunteers, and guests are $10.00. Volunteers are allowed one guest per volunteer. Sign Up for Lunch 
October Activity Recaps October 9th Blood Drive 
On Saturday, October 9, Boquete REALLY ‘Showed It’s Love’ at our most attended Blood Drive ever. 61 pints of blood were collected and since 1 pint can save 3 lives, we have impacted 183 lives. Thanks go to the Blood Bank Staff from Hospital Regional; Mayor Joswar Alvarado, our co-sponsor; the Matching Fund Donors who financially support our efforts; the BHH volunteer workers; and MOST IMPORTANTLY to the 61 people who willingly donated their precious blood to help others in the community. It may not be known that the blood drive operates under the control of the blood center at Hospital Regional (David). Any member of our community can call our blood line (see below) and request blood. BHH only acts as an intermediary (providing a location and assisting with logistics) between the Hospital Regional and our community. Without the blood drives that Hospital Regional and BHH sponsor, getting blood transferred from Hospital Regional to Mae Lewis Hospital or Chiriqui Hospital quickly would not be possible. In September our blood team received a call from a woman who was desperate to get some blood for a family member. We were able to supply her with the five (5) units that were required and a life was saved. This would not have been possible except for the generosity of those who donate blood and matching funds. The Matching Fund program was supported by donors who gave $1,557. Remember, if you or your loved one needs blood, send a WhatsApp text to 507 6590-2000, or call our main line 507 6781-9250. October 9th Radio Show with Dra. Shannon Tuer On October 9, Dra. Shannon Tuer hosted Kim Doherty and Lesley Hughes who explained the Being Prepared Program, its history, how it works in real life, the benefits from spending the time to organize and prepare for the unexpected (or expected) death of a loved one. The video of the show can be found on our website and on YouTube. Watch Video October 13th General Meeting There were 25 in attendance – both in person and by Zoom – and your officers updated members on different team reports and activities of the month. The Blood Drive topped all records and you can see their detail above. There may be some upcoming equipment shortages and the equipment team is working hard to tabulate and see if additional purchases may be needed. The meeting was capped off by a fabulous presentation by Dr. Rod Gottula on different forms of skin cancer and early warning signs. If you missed this – it will be posted on the website for your benefit. Vaccinations If you are vaccinated, please take a photo of your vaccination card and upload it to our website. It will be kept confidential, but will allow us to contact volunteers when we need members for people to do events in the community. If you are having trouble uploading it, email it to Lesley Hughes at lesleyahughes@gmail.com. Enter Vaccine Information This section will contain an interesting article that we found on the web with a teaser so you can see if you want to click through. Many places want you to sign up for their mailing list; however, we only choose links that let you bypass the sign up. Later, if you like the site, you can choose to sign up, but not necessary to read the article. These Bright Colors Lower Your Risk of Cognitive Decline Within virtually every fruit and vegetable lies a large and diverse group of phytochemicals (plant compounds) called flavonoids. Together with a separate group called carotenoids, they supply fruit and vegetables with their vivid colors. Flavonoids also have a number of health benefits. They’re potent antioxidants, defend against inflammation and help support immune function. Many population studies already show flavonoids help prevent the onset of heart disease, cancer and neurodegeneration. Recently, researchers at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health wanted to explore the effects of flavonoids on the brain. In particular they were interested in which of the six main subgroups of flavonoids protect the brain from cognitive decline and by how much. Go to full article About the Tree of Life The tree was created to honor our donors and volunteers. The roots are volunteers, the trunk is the council, the leaves are people who have donated $100 or more. The two color leaves are people who have donated for two years. The flowers are sponsors who donate $1000 or more. The Lilies are memorials to people who have passed. Family or friends have donated $200 or more to honor them. Add your leaf or flower or Lily. Click the button to make our tree grow. Thank you. Donate Click Here to Enlarge Tree Many Thanks to Our New and Repeat Donors Bill Hinrichsen Laurie & Kelly Collier Jo Clem Douglas & Linda Avery Susan and Price Perterson Lucie Conner and James McCallum John Ferguson & Craig Gatrel Trish and Brian Christofferson Dave and Erin Ross Steve Woodgate Carl & Sheila Strunk Ruby McKenzie John & Babbie Earle Charlotte Lintz Holly Carr Sandra Ullstrup The policies of the organization are posted on our website. There is a link at the bottom of the home page or you can go to the “More” page to read them or download a PDF version. The policies will be updated as needed. View BHH Policies Our Mission Statement Our mission is to inform and promote community health. To support people with health and wellness needs by providing information, equipment and volunteer services. To provide palliative (Hospice) care for the terminally ill in order that they may experience death with dignity and limited pain. ___________________ To Make a Donation BHHF functions with donations provided by the community. If you are interested in supporting the work we do, please make a donation. To make a financial contribution: • Check or cash please contact Laurie Collier, treasurer, at treasurer@boquetehealth.org • Click Here to make an online Paypal donation. • Direct Deposit to Boquete Hospice and Health Foundation, Global Bank Checking Account #16-101-23071-6 _____________________ Contact Us 8am to 5pm M-F, 9am to 1pm Sat & Sun Hospice/Health: (507) 6781-9250 Blood Donor Program: WhatApp (507)-6590-2000 or call (507)-6781-9250 Email: info@boquetehealth.org Website: http://www.boquetehealth.org FacebookPage: https://www.facebook.com/boqueteheartshandsandhelp All patient information shared with any Boquete Health and Hospice volunteer is kept in the strictest confidence.
  5. Friends all: Last Thursday the art exhibition began Pesca'o by the well-known writer Joaquín González, in the gallery of the Boquete library. We invite you to visit us, you still have the opportunity to admire each of the works and if one captivates you, you can purchase it, so you can contribute to the artist and our library. We will wait for you! Access the following link: https://www.biblioboquete.com/noticias/pescao-oleos-y-acrilicos
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  7. A great stocking stuffer or gift for the holidays - all U.S., Canadian and Panamanian holidays are included!
  8. Visit us this coming Tuesday at the Tap Out Market, 9 - 12. We are located near the back door. Hundreds and hundreds of English language books to choose from. Most paperbacks are $1 and most hard covers are $2. You can also drop off your donations for our thrift store. Normal hours at our thrift store have resumed: 9-2:30 on Mon, Tues, Wed, Friday. 9-12 on Saturdays. Closed Thursdays. Located in Alto Boquete across the street from Chopsticks Restaurant.
  9. Crash Course Spanish Classes with Renny start on Monday Nov 1, 2021 thru Dec 8, two days a week (Mon. & Wed.) It is a six week class. This is a fun easy class. If there is any practice or homework those with busy schedules will love having the option of doing them by email or Whats Ap at their convenience. _________________________ COST: $199 As many people know, Renny, a degreed professional, owned a language school in David under contract with the Panamanian Government giving classes for them, and also had one in Houston. She is now offering two levels of Spanish classes in Boquete, Basic Level, Intermediate. These are professional instructions with an easy, clear curriculum and the correct sequencing of material. Location of the class is in Boquete The Basic Class is called Crash Course Spanish ****Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 It will get you speaking fast! It shows how the language is organized, and teaches the tricks of the language, the basics: pronunciation, some important cultural notes, phrases, vocabulary, speaking; fluid short conversations, how to ask and answer questions. You will practice and share tips, create full sentences, and learn how to speak without conjugating verbs. Workbook is included. The Crash Course Intermediate Class **Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. You will USE your acquired Spanish language! You will speak in class, get tips for learning to listen and respond, you will have short exchanges, pronounce the difficult, role play, learn word order, expand your vocabulary and engage in specialized classes to gain better listening skills. You will speak every day, learn a higher use of some verbs without conjugating, create interesting sentences, listen to songs, conduct interviews and give short speeches. Learn by doing. Each student will translate for someone. It's time to do better at understanding what Spanish speakers are saying BECAUSE… the class also engages in "Train your ear” as well as “Practicing Speaking”, all of this as you learn more and more Spanish fast; you build the confidence you need to converse with others. Workbook is included. Pre-requisite for the **Intermediate Class : Basic Spanish, no exceptions **Intermediate Class To enter this class the following will describe your level of speech: You respond to simple, direct questions or requests for information, can ask a few questions concerning needs and wants, and are able to express personal meaning by relying heavily on learned or re-combined phrases, repeating or rephrasing what you hear around you. You know short and sometimes incomplete sentences in the present tense. At times you know you state things incorrectly, but gain confidence because the Spanish speaker “got” what you were trying to say. You may be hesitant or inaccurate, whereby frequent misunderstandings arise. When called upon to handle a variety of topics and perform serious functions you operate at about a 40% to 50% success range, and can sometimes respond in intelligible sentences, but cannot sustain full sentence exchanges. You know the meanings/translations (not the conjugations) of at least 75 verbs. To express interest in this class, please respond to this email at the following: rennykranich@gmail.com FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO THE WEBSITE: On the site, please click various topics on the left side of your screen. WEBSITE http://crashcoursespanishwithrenny.com CHECKOUT FACEBOOK TOO. Click: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Crash-Course-Spanish-with-Renny/752177804872882 ­ The class starts very soon. It’s time to get started! The Class is held at Hillside Baptist Church in the same center as the ChopStix Restaurant. We will register and pay for the class right before the class begins. Contact me and confirm. I can’t wait to meet you!
  10. Reprinted from Newsroom Panama The re-activation of four major fairs Boquete, La Chorrera, David, and Azuero was confirmed at the plenary session of the National Fairs Commission (Conafer), of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MIDA). Only the fully vaccinated will be allowed in. At the same meeting the trustees of the Boquete Flower and Coffee Fair confirmed that the event will take place from January 13 to 23, 2022. Roberto Guerra, president of Conafer, expressed that with effort and sacrifice the fair activities are resumed, but that it will begin with the largest activities, which will be a catalyst for other festivities. Samir Gozaine, secretary of the Tourism Cabinet, explained that other verification systems will have to be integrated before the fair activities, such as the QR system, having AIG staff available at the ticket offices of the fair events. Meanwhile, he said that children under 12 may enter, but with their parents who must have the complete vaccination scheme. They will have to use masks when they move around the facilities, they can only be removed to eat or drink some type of drink. Luis Oliva, director of the AIG, indicated that it is important to control access to fairs with the QR code. "We are going to put a stand at each fair authorized by the Ministry of Health, to help people who attend with the QR code and we can train the staff of each fair with this entry system," he said. The Ministries of Health and Agricultural Development will coordinate the biosecurity measures to be adopted for the development of these events with the fair boards.
  11. Reprinted from the Panama Perspective by Tom Brymer Officials stopped more than 1.7 million migrants on our southern border during the 2021 fiscal year, which ended in September, according to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) data. The Washington Post reports illegal crossings began rising last year but skyrocketed in the months after President Biden took office. Agents with the CBP also arrested the highest number of migrants since 1986, taking more than 200,000 into custody in July and August alone. And Biden’s nominee for the head of the CBP Calls Situation at Border a ‘Significant Challenge,’ but Not a Crisis” Hah!!! In the fiscal years between 2012 and 2020, border arrests averaged about 540,000. The 2021 figure was more than three times that amount and the second-highest annual total ever recorded, according to the newspaper. Of the 1.7 million detained during the 2021 fiscal year, 61 percent were expelled under Title 42, the CBP data shows. Governors Call Out Biden Admin for Abandoning Americans Who Live on Border Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and other Republican governors have blamed Biden for the humanitarian crisis and chaos at the border. “We’re seeing the highest number of cross border crossings and it’s all because of the catastrophic open border policies by the Biden administration,” Abbott told Fox News. He added that the Biden administration “completely abandoned” ranchers, residents in his state, and “all the people who live on the border.” As CBN News reported earlier this month, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was among 10 Republican governors who visited the U.S. – Mexico border, unveiling a 10-point plan to end Biden’s immigration crisis at the nation’s southern border by stopping the flow of illegal immigrants. When asked if the trip was more about politics than confronting immigration issues, Iowa Gov. Reynolds replied, “No it’s not a political stunt.” “This is the real thing. Biden owns this,” she said. “This is a self-inflicted crisis. He overturned all the policies that worked.” On Tuesday, lawmakers pressed President Biden’s nominee to head the CBP to call the situation “a crisis.” Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus admitted it’s a “significant challenge” and pledged to humanely enforce immigration laws if he’s approved. He also said he’s open to completing parts of the border wall still unfinished after President Biden halted construction Are Terrorists Among the Illegal Migrants? Meanwhile, one Texas congressman is warning terrorists could pass through our porous defenses. U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-TX) recently told Ronna McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, about a conversation he had recently with Panama’s foreign minister. “She visits with me. She sits down, she goes, ‘There are over 100,000 migrants coming through Panama on their way to the U.S.,'” Gonzales recalled. “And we started talking about that, but I asked her one specific question. ‘Have you caught anybody on the terrorist watch list? She goes, ‘Funny you ask that Tony because in Panama we do biometrics and we have apprehended 52 people that are associated with al Qaeda.'” A record number of migrants from Haiti also entered the U.S. over the summer, trying to escape the ongoing poverty, crime, and political instability in their home country. Last week, the Biden administration announced it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s order. However, it hinges on the approval of the Mexican government, which has raised concerns that U.S. officials are working on. Mexico wants cases to generally conclude within six months and ensure that asylum-seekers have timely and accurate information about hearing dates and times and better access to legal counsel. U.S. Homeland Security Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas ended the policy in June after an internal review, saying it achieved “mixed effectiveness.” As CBN News reported, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the policy to be reinstated in August saying the Biden administration likely violated federal law in trying to end a Trump-era program that forces people to wait in Mexico while seeking asylum in the U.S. There also is nothing preventing the administration from trying again to end the program, formally called Migrant Protection Protocols.
  12. INTRODUCING THE LARGEST SELECTION OF PLANTS IN BOQUETE AT THE NEW FINCA FELIZ NURSERY IN VOLCANCITO A “PRIVATE NURSERY” open 7 days By Appointment Only The Largest Variety of Plants, Orchids, and Herbs (Medicinal and Culinary) in Boquete Cruise the garden and collect Cuttings to grow yourself. I harvest my own organic seeds, and some are for sale as well as some vegetable starts. Farm Products available NOW: The Best Avocados in Boquete are coming in now and will be for many weeks. Guaranteed organic and picked at the perfection of maturity every Monday. Also available: Dried Moringa leaves (or powder) All Finca Feliz Medicinal products. Bug Buster and Fix the Skin CONTACT: Lvanderkar@gmail.com (Preferred) (507) 6493 6947 Panama cell (507) 787 4225 Panama Landline (310) 929 7038 US Phone PLANTS AVAILABLE AT FINCA FELIZ NURSERY HERBS Culinary – Basil (green and purple Thai), cilantro, Rosemary, Oregano, Thyme, dill, Garlic Chives, Citronella, Lemon Grass, Medicinal – Manzanilla (chamomile), Salvia, Ruda, Baldo, Yerba Buena (spearmint), Peppermint, Comfrey PLANTS TO GROW Food “Dulce” Bananas, Guanabana, Strawberry Guava, Pineapple Guava “Friejoa”, Surinam Cherry, Passion fruit vine, Zanzamorra tree (Panama Mulberry), various vegetable starts, Blackberries and Thimble Berries. INDOOR AND OUTDOOR PLANTS Coleus Begonias Snow Rose Blue Iris Antherium Impatience Cielito Spider Heliconia Queen of the Night Cinta Caladin Bird of Paradise Croton Aloe Vera Black Elephant Ear Helechi Fern Peperonia Bougainvillea Amaryllis Tacoma Yellow Day Lily Hydrangea Verbena Mother-in-law tongue Speckelia Gardenia Night Blooming Jasmine Plumeria Vegetable starts and so much more. MANY COLORS AND VARIETIES OF HIBUSCUS, SUCCULENTS, BOUGAINVILLEA, BROMILLIADS AND ORCHIDS.
  13. Hi! My name is Judy Tovar. I am a full bilingual Panamanian, who is offering “conversational Spanish”. We meet to just talk or do your errands, and the whole time we are together we only speak in Spanish. This way your tongue loosens up and little by little you will feel more and more comfortable speaking our native language. Price: 1 to 3 persons = $20.00 an hour..minimum 2 hours (this is total/NOT per person) You can contact me thru whatsapp: 6617-4122
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